Sustainability, social enterprise and challenge and change in India. Mumbai is an intriguing city of contrasts and along with academics and partner institutions, Westminster alumni have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to experience the professional environment, history and culture of Mumbai.

About the programme

Dates and duration

Saturday 9 December – Sunday 17 December 2017, 9 days (inclusive of travel).

Please note: you must be available for the whole period of time and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months prior to the trip end date.


This trip has been generously funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust. This means most of your trip costs will be funded, including flights and accommodation.

Students who are selected for the programme will be asked to contribute a £100 non-refundable deposit, pay for your own transport costs to and from the selected London airport, a visa if you require one and costs associated with free time (ie food and entrance fees).

During the trip

The purpose of the trip is to enhance your employability and develop skills that will help you after graduation. You’ll visit with a number of leading alumni and diverse organisations in Mumbai and have a chance to reflect on your experience. A full itinerary and list of companies you’ll visit will be provided closer to the trip. Please be prepared to research the organisations so you can make the most of your time.

Through seminars, workplace tours and Q&A sessions with UoW alumni, you’ll explore a number of topics on the contrasts and challenges of India such as:

  • Corporate India
  • Bollywood
  • India’s Consumer and Technology Environment
  • Emerging Rural India

Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Mumbai. Visits may include:

  • A walking tour on the history of Mumbai
  • Exploring India’s social issues with a talk on the Dabbawallas and a visit to the Dharavi Slums

Please note: this list may be subject to change.


Accommodation will be in University-standard Halls of Residence or similar. Details will be confirmed prior to departure.

Please note: you will be sharing a twin room with another student of the same sex.

In-country support

The visit will be led by senior members of the Alumni and Outward Mobility Offices, and you will be joined by Dr Sumita Ketkar, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Leadership and Professional Development in the Westminster Business School. The visit will be subject to normal University risk assessments and regulations.

There will be a number of informal alumni events which you will be required to attend as representatives of the University.

Two orientation and preparation sessions will be held in late October and November, to assist you with your planning and preparation.


You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at the time of this trip. 

Agree to the ‘Expectations of trip participants’

  • Be on time and participate in all activities and meetings
  • Submit photos, videos or write a blog post about your experience
  • Complete a workbook or reflective journal about your time on the trip
  • Participate in a project specific to the trip destination
  • Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!

How to join the programme

In order to be selected you will need to:

  • Complete an online application form
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 9 - 17 December 2017

Applications have now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome a week after the application period closes.

A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:

  • Academic performance
  • Motivation for taking part in the programme
  • Quality of response to the application questions
  • Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University

Further details

The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously. This employability programme will be supported in-country by a minimum of one Westminster staff member and all students must take Westminster’s travel insurance. 

All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing sessions which will take place in October and November 2017.

For further advice on security and visiting India, please see the Foreign Travel Advice – India on the government’s website.



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